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the latest on the last-minute wheeling and dealing being done in washington. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. well, the next 24 hours are critical. the president this morning in his radio address, told lawmakers don't let washington politics get in the way of american progress. so, the last-ditch attempt is on the way to put together a deal. and the ball is in the senate's court. there's nothing like a deadline to force action. the president met with congressional leaders friday for the first time in six weeks. then, proclaimed himself modestly optimistic. but warned -- >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> reporter: with the clock running out, here's the game plan. the democratic and republican leaders in the senate will spend day trying to hash out a bipartisan agreement. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but if there is no deal, the president wants an up or down vote on measures he thinks can pass. extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less. and continuing unemployment benefits for the m
of washington. in your gut, do you think that this is basically theater and they'll come to a deal quickly? >> i think it's -- i think the odds are about 50/50 right now. which is very high for a negative outcome this far along. there is a very good chance they go over the cliff at least for a few days at the beginning of the year. then, that galvanizes everything and they're finally able to come to a deal. >> especially when you see the economy just recovering. >> that's the thing. the question would be, how much harm will this do to the economy? if you have all of these spending cuts on every government program, on top of everyone's taxes going up, i should say, once you see that prospect of everyone's taxes going up, i do think that no matter what, by mid-january at the latest, you will see that tax cut reinstated for most americans. for the bottom 98%. >> psychologically, it's causing damage. confidence drop as well because of what's going on in washington. george, thank you. >>> today on the show, we got a big show, george has two powerhouse roundtables. later this morning on "this week." >
happy. >> i was a little worry. >> reporter: after that storm blanketed the landscape from washington to wisconsin, with preholiday drama. >> a lot of concentrations. two delays. missed one plane by three minutes. >> reporter: iowa whiteout led to one of many interstate shutdowns. a blowing snow problem. we were just about to turn around. and then, everyone came to a stop. safely, i should say. but we just learned that there is a major pileup, some 20, 30 miles ahead of us. this could be the backup. 24 hours later, the sides cleared. but the blizzard left us inches along. we're going east on i-80, going about 20 miles per hour. while we crept, the stranded slept. and some stewed. >> this is the fourth time i've been to each desk. >> reporter: he, along with an american legion, were back on time. weather is affecting some travel, especially in the northeast. i want to show you exactly who could be affected today. at early check, there were about 40 cancellations across the nation. and we think there will be more delays in the northeast, thanks to wind gusts. some yesterday up to 60 mil
in washington, surrounding possible new additions the president may want to make to his cabinet. there could be a surprise announcement in the works. >>> the clock is still ticking before we go over that fiscal cliff just days away. >>> also this morning, swimming for his life. a man's frightening story of survivsu surviv survival, after being attacked by a shark. >> he was womswimming with an e nurse. >>> smiling and stunned. they are holding the tickets in the powerball jackpot. but there's a mystery. who has the other ticket? >> everyone wants to know that one. >>> and we'll hear from the secret santa who has been handing out $100 bills to victims from hurricane sandy. >> some of the people watching the story behind the scenes here, they have been crying. so, that story is coming up. >>> we're going to start with the mess in the west. the third in a nasty hat trick of storms bearing down tonight. and meteorologist, ginger zee, covering the whole thing. as we wait for the blizzard, this will hold you over, right? >> this will hold me over. this is not great for folks out west. a supersoake
politics closely, it looks like the usual gam gamesmanship out of washington. >> i think it's -- i think the odds are about $5050 right now. very high for a negative outcome. there is a very good chance they go over the cliff at least for a few days at the beginning of the year. that galvanizes everything and they're finally able to come to a deal. >> especially when you see the economy just recovering >> that's the thing. the question would be, how much harm will this do to the economy? i should say, once you see that prospect of everyone's taxes going up, i do think that no matter what, by mid-january at the latest, you will see that tax rate reinstated for most americans. >> psychological lit's causing damage. confidence drop as well because of what's going on in washington. george, thank you. >>> today on the show, we got a big show, george has two powerhouse roundtables. later this morning on "this week." >>> time now for a check of the weather with ginger dee. >> most the nation is snow-starved. overnight, we're getting our first big meal of snow that is. sacred heart, minnesota, p
. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although, not physically harmed. then, yesterday, the captors were moving them to a new location, they were stopped at a rebel checkpoint. there was a confrontation. and then, the firefight broke out. in that firefight, two of the captors were killed and several others escaped. but richard and his crew were rescued. the syrian rebels then drove him to the border to safety. all are in good health, fortunately. george? >> thank goodness for that. what do we know about the group that took them hostage? >> we know very little about the group. but they were not believed to be loyal to the assad regime, nor were those who rescued him. there's so many rebel groups in that area. this was kept quiet
. great to have elizabeth vargas here. >> great to be here. >> it will be warm in washington today, but that high-stakes stalemate is not getting any better. that fiscal cliff, just 29 days until everyone's taxes go up and the white house and congress are absolutely deadlocked right now. >> both sides seeming farther apart than ever. both sides saying, it's your turn to blame. we'll see what happens. >>> also this morning, startling video. it's a little tough to watch but it is okay. it's a prank by a television host setting this magician's hair on fire. now, the magician is okay. he's recovering in the hospital. >> wow. >> what? >> but he is accusing the host of that show of a criminal act. looking at that videotape, it's hard to believe this was any kind of a stunt, as the host claims. >> hard to believe he's okay. >> thank goodness he's okay. >>> wow, also ahead on the show. very special guest today. heidi klum is with us live. here's what she was up to this weekend. looking so glorious. you remember that was supposed to be her halloween costume. hurricane sandy put it on hold a
each other for the breakdown. abc's jonathan karl has all this from washington. all of the focus on speaker john boehner's fallback plan, what he is calling plan "b." >> reporter: that's right, george. talks have got son low, i would say this is the low point, that boehner is moving ahead with the backup plan that the president so opposes, he says he will veto. under plan "b" most of the tax cuts will be extended for those making over $1 million. for those over $1 million, the tax rates would go up. this could do nothing to address the issues. like spending cuts and the debt ceiling. democrats are calling this vote a waste of time. but, george, boehner is saying the president has a choice. support this plan or see a massive tax increase on virtually all americans after january 1st. >> yeah, they seem to think this is going to put the pressure back on the white house. but, jon, like you, i've been in touch with both sides overnight. and these talks right now are going absolutely nowhere. the chance that the country is going to go over that fiscal cliff are really rising. >> report
. that's right. i'm waiting. >>> also this morning, we have some intrigue developing in washington, surrounding possible new additions the president may want to make to his cabinet. there could be a surprise announcement in the works. >>> meantime, the clock is still ticking before we go over that fiscal cliff just days away. >>> also this morning, swimming for his life. a man's frightening story of survival, after being attacked by a shark while on vacation in paradise. we'll tell you about his escape. >> he was lucky to be swimming at the time with an e.r. nurse. >>> also coming up this morning, smiling and stunned. two years ago, this couple, they were unemployed. now, they're holding one of the two winning tickets in the $588 million powerball jackpot. but there's a mystery. who has the other ticket? >> everyone wants to know that one. >>> and we'll hear from the secret santa who has been handing out $100 bills to victims from hurricane sandy. he's hoping other people will follow his example. >> some of the people watching the story behind the scenes here, they have been crying
boehner can strike a deal. we'll have the latest on the battle of wills in washington. >> the president is out this morning with a not-so-conciliatory note. we'll get the latest from david kerley coming up. >>> check this out. why all new cars may soon be spying on their drivers and making it tough for you to cover your tracks. >>> we're going to start, though, with what should have been a joyous week for the royal family. but news of kate's pregnancy was very quickly overshadowed by her hospitalization for morning sickness, a prank call that duped two of her nurses, and then, the suspected suicide of one of those nurses. this morning, the boss of the two australian deejays behind this prank is now speaking out. and abc's jeffrey kofman is in london on the story. jeffrey, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: and good morning to you, dan. an outpouring of indignation, that is what we are seeing around the world as news of this story spreads. and nowhere is it stronger than in australia. all of it focused on the two radio presenters behind the hoax call. >> this is 9 news. >> a sydney r
be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. and they can try once again to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. but lawmakers are expressing very little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its video streaming service. yes, it happened on christmas, a little untimely. it took ten hours to resolve the
into effect. and leaders in washington have finally agreed to talk. a meeting scheduled this afternoon at the white house. abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, telling us what we can expect. we want to take a listen to sound from both sides. the looks of things, no one may be getting too far down the road. first, let's listen to what senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said on the senate floor. >> i told the president we'd be happy to look at what he proposes. but the truth is, we're coming up against a hard deadline here. and republicans aren't going to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> meanwhile, the senate majority leader, now, had even harshe harsher words for gop leadership. >> the house of representatives is operating out the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> wow. that is summed up very well. >> calling your other guy a dictator is not rea
, congress left the capital with no deal in sight. jon karl is in washington. they needed to get it done before new year's to see this thing get done. has the time to have that happen already passed? >> well, it's getting -- there's not much hope out there. i gotta tell you. just over a week left, josh. and the speakerf the house and the president did not even speak over the weekend. the last time they had a conversation was a brief phone conversation on friday. no signs of progress on anything since then. there wasn't much before, as you know. now the white house is looking at a fallback plan. just a stop-gap bill they're hoping congress would do that would delay the tax increases on people making over $250,000 from going into effect. it would extend unemployment benefits and delay spending cuts going into effect on january 1st. even accomplishing that will be difficult. congress comes back two days after christmas. that gives them four dice come to an agreement and pass something. not an easy task. >> so we know what it means for the average men. what happens in washington if we go ove
than a half a mile. you can see here, atlantic city, half a mile. washington, d.c., less than two miles. boston up around 6. fog has developed in parts of the midwest the northern great lakes. omaha down to zero. minneapolis, just about. up there, it's cold enough up there to call it freezing fog. the other headline, the heat. hello, december, are you there yet? that's what everyone in the south plains is asking. the heat, look at this, san anga angelo, 78. a look across the nation. for now that's the big picture. let's get a check a little closer to home. >> a sunrise and a sunset from the south. from ft. lauderdale. thanks so much for sending them. he caught the light just perfectly. please find me on twitter. send me your sun rises or sunsets. >> never get your over geekry. love it. thank you, ginger. >>> the academy awards are just three months away and the show will air right here on abc. >> last night a-list stars turned out for a special ceremo ceremony. our cameron mathison was prowling the red carpet. >> reporter: blazing saddles. beauty and the beast. sherk. >> i know, i know.
, atlantic city, half a mile. washington, d.c., less than two miles. boston up around 6. fog has developed in parts of the midwest, the northern great lakes. omaha down to zero. minneapolis, just about. up there, it's cold enough up there to call it freezing fog. one of my favorite things to try to forecast. let's talk about the other headline, the heat. hello, december, are you there yet? that's what everybody in the south plains is asking. it has been dry the entire month of november. they haven't done that for 115 years. the heat, look at this, san angelo, 78. dallas, 78, today. rapid city will likely break a record at 74. i'll leave you with a look across the nation. for now that's the big picture. >> i have a sunrise and a sunset from the south, from ft. lauderdale. a beautiful way to start your day. take that one in. thanks so much for sending them. then the sunset. can you imagine being here and seeing this? he caught the light just perfectly. thank you for sending those. please find me on twitter. send me your sunrises or sunsets. or really, anything else. >> never get your over we
. >>> also at home, new developments in the tax showdown in washington. a deal has to get done by january 1st or everyone's taxes will go up. we'll talk about what it will take to get negotiations back on track. >> republicans had their proposal yesterday. we'll see what the reaction is. >>> also, take a look at this video. is this the real-life grinch who stole christmas. the man caught on camera stealing christmas decorations. letting the air out of the whole thing. we'll get more on that in just a moment. >>> also, jessica biel here live. what's life like right now being married to justin timberlake. also, a new movie, on the way, "playing for keeps." so much to talk to her about today. >> that is coming up. >>> let's go to lara, live, all morning long, at buckingham palace with the latest details on the royal baby. good morning, lara. >> good morning, george. what a joy to be here on this day of celebration here in england. folks cheering and giving a thumbs-up as they pass. buckingham palace behind me. and the papers shouting out the great news. there's the picture on "the times." "we're
. and we can only hope, learned a lesson in the process. >>> and this one's for you, george. as washington man, the gridlock, at least congress doesn't look like this. take a look. nothing gets george like a good parliament stepto. members of the ukrainian parliament couldn't decide who they wanted their next chairman to be. so, of course, this is actually, perhaps, in the bylaws. you fight it out. >> usually, that's taiwan. >> it is more exciting than a thumb war. one guy, yes. it did look like he was trying to crowd surf. we've obviously seen chairs thrown. but not today. perhaps progress, if only incremental. >> boy. let's hope it doesn't come to that in washington. >>> we have a different story here, though. >> we have some chilling, new details about the gunman who went on a shooting spree at an oregon mall earlier this week. we are learning more about the shooter from his ex-girlfriend. abc's neal karlinsky is in portland, oregon, with the very latest on this. neal, good morning. >> reporter: amy, good morning. that's right. we now know a lot more about the shooter this morning. we k
. >> reporter: on nbc and in a "washington post" op-ed, susan said a partisan battle was the last thing that the country needs. late thursday, president obama reconfirmed his confidence in her. >> she's done an outstanding job. i could not be prouder with her. she will continue to be one of the top members of my national security team. >> reporter: rice had become the designated obama administration target for republicans seeking answers and/or political advantage, relating to the terrorist attacks on september 11th, 2012, on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. >> in fact, what this began as was a spontaneous, not a premeditated response. >> reporter: five days after those attacks, rice went on the sunday shows, repeating talking points from the intelligence community, that critics said downplayed the terrorist attack in the weeks leading up to the election. >> i didn't mislead. i didn't misrepresent. i did the best with the information the united states government had at the time. >> reporter: democrats point out that republicans didn't have as hard a time with a different nati
holiday travel season. >>> now to the epic dysfunction playing out in washington. a sort of theater of the absurd that might actually be amusing if the stakes weren't so high for the rest of us. >> two days left until we all go over the fiscal cliff which would mean everyone's taxes will go up and sharp spending cuts will go effect that could drive our economy back into recession. to abc news white house correspondent jonathan karl filling in today for george stephanopoulos as host of abc's "this week." >> hey, jon, good morning. i know today and tomorrow obviously hugely important. can you sort of walk us through the potential order of operations? what could we see play out today and tomorrow? >> well, it is right down to the wire, dan. what's happening right now is harry reid and mitch mcconnell, the top democrat and republican in the senate are still negotiating their staffs at this hour. they are supposed to be working until about 3:00 this afternoon when the plan would be presented to both caucuses. as we understand what they are talking about is the bare minimum. basically the
," jim avila, abc news, washington. >> thanks to jim. >>> we're going to turn to the search for an arizona college freshman missing almost a week. he was last seen partying late friday night with members of a fraternity he wants to join. and the missing teen's mom says he was worried about rough hazing during pledge week. abc's linsey davis has the latest. >> reporter: overnight, distraught family and friends came together for a vigil for arizona state university freshman jack culolias, who has been missing since friday night. willing to do anything to find her 19-year-old son, who was last seen at this arizona bar. he was allegedly kicked out after being very intoxicated. he left his cell phone and credit cards behind. >> he normally never would do anything like this. >> reporter: he had been at a social event friday night for a fraternity as a new pledge. the pledging process is something his mother says he was concerned about. >> there was rumor that they were going to put them in a garage, 30 of them, and make them live in this garage. >> reporter: in a statement to abc
. >>> christmas cheer in washington interruptedly controversy. superstar singer psy's explosive onstage rants against americans, happened before he made it big here with "gangnam style." >>> we showed you our trip to robin's. we're heading back. revealing our traditions now at robin's home for christmas. what a visit it was. >>> we begin with the australian z deejays speaking out for the first time. cecilia vega is in sydney with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. they say this was supposed to be a simple, harmless prank that lasted no more than 30 seconds. they thought they would be hung up on immediately. we all know that is far from what happened. >> personally i'm -- >> reporter: the two australian deejays behind the phony phone call came out of hiding overnight. offering a tearful apology to the family of the nurse. >> shattered, gutted, heart broken. incredibly sorry for this situation and what's happened. >> there's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about her family and what they must be going through. the thought that we may have played a p
. jonathan karl is in washington. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the taxes are set to go up at the stroke of midnight. talks went late into the night and will continue this morning. as washington teerts on the edge of the fiscal cliff, there is still no deal. as talks continued overnight, a voice of frustration erupted on the senate floor. >> something has gone terribly wrong when the big es threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> reporter: leaders negotiated all weekend long. the talks hit a brick wall. harry reid saying, he was unable to even counter the latest republican offer. >> at this stage, we're not able to make a counteroffer. it appears there are things that stop us from moving forward. >> reporter: that prompted mitch mcconnell to call for a lifeline. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the negotiations on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: with that, vice president biden is now impemers as a key player, playing a direct role in the effort to strike
and high stakes for a lot of people. let me ask you about another big issue in washington right now. in this toxic environment any chance that the president can make any headway on his desire to change the laws around guns? >> it's another big question. you saw what happened on friday. the nra, the national rifle association came out with their first response to the newtown tragedy and their bottom line, there shouldn't be any new gun control. you heard wayne lapierre say the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun so they're staking their claim there, and on the other hand, you see some prominent nra members came out like senator joe manchin and wants tolimit magazine clips. i believe something will come out. the key is speed and that's why the president has asked vice president biden to come back with his recommendations before the end of january. >> the trick is given how partisan things are, will that happen? all right, george, merry christmas, great to he have you. and be sure to join george when his guests include asa hutchinson, the head of the nra nati
chaos in washington and a rough day in the financial markets. >>> and we switch gears, george, four days left to get your christmas presents. if you haven't done it yet, don't worry. we have incredible deals. >>> let's get right to the wild weather across the nation, creating trouble for holiday travel. our team is tracking it this morning, beginning with sam. good morning, sam. >> good morning, george. as the storm that terrorized the country, now that it's moved in the northeast, it is a big heavy rain situation with wind. we've had an inch of rain so far in the new york city area. another half-inch of rain coming. 45-mile-per-hour, 50-mile-per-hour winds. take a look at the damage that came in with the winds. four stories' worth of scaffolding collapsing. just one of the scaffolding collapses that we have seen in new york. "gma" storm site radar will show you there's plenty left in this storm, still plenty of rain from washington, d.c. to boston today. and plenty of snow in the back end behind it. we use this model to show us where the worst winds will be. what you need to look at is
the snow in washington, d.c. yesterday. that's what president obama will be returning to this morning, cutting his hawaii vacation short because of the looming fiscal cliff deadline. it is now just five days away. is there any movement on either side? how many more times can we ask this question of abc chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, joining us this morning. dare i ask, where we stand this morning? >> reporter: good news and bad news. the president's coming back to washington. the senate's coming back. they're ready to strike a deal. the bad news, josh, no progress whatsoever. and, in fact, the treasury department said that the government on monday will hit the limit of how much money we can borrow to run the government. they're going to do some extraordinary measures to keep us going until february. but things look grim. the one sliver of good news i can say on the substance is, the speaker's office tells me this morning there has been contact between the speaker of the house and the president, at least on the staff level. and they won't say whether or not the two men
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might even say he'll inherit these problems. >> reporter: there's a lot of bah humbug in washington, d.c. these days. 'tis the season to be surly. the president told bloomberg television that without tax rates going up on the wealthiest americans, there will be no deal to avert going over the fiscal cliff. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: house republicans are adamant, no tax rate increases. >> we're willing to put revenues on the table. revenues that come from closing loopholes, getting rid of special interest deductions and not raising rates. >> reporter: but what the republicans are offering sounds a lot like what the president wanted during last year's budget showdown. >> give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions. >> reporter: today, however, the president says those moves will not be enough. and the latest pew poll shows a lot of public pessimism. with 49% of the public sayin
raleigh and washington coming in with good temperatures. the bitter cold air stays north of the border. watch the temperatures drop. denver, 19 by sunday, 28 by monday. there's snow moving in. could be more than three inches of snow, moving in with this area. and even in dallas, by the time we get to the end of the weekend, to the first of the week, the outskirts of town could be picking up light snow with this cold air. you're 40 by the time we get to monday. chicago, if you get snow this weekend, then you won't have the longest stretch of no-snow days. if you don't get it this weekend, it is the longest stretch of no-snow days, since they've been keeping records in that area. this is the big hope to get some snow in to a big part of the country. you know, middle all that weather was brought to you by at&t. josh? elizabeth? george? lara? >> sam. >>> coming up, the brand-new, terrifying pranks that were pulled off in an elevator, get this, with cameras rolling. has reality television crossed a dangerous line? >>> and how much fun did we have decking robin's halls? look at that greeting
avila has been tracking the latest in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, amy. the loss of this homegrown superstar, beloved on both sides of the border, is under investigation by u.s. and mexican officials. under scrutiny, the maintenance of the plane and the medical record of a pilot in his late 70s. mexican-american superstar jenni rivera may be lost. her twin-engine lear jet, spread over a 1,000-foot debris field. but overnight, her family refused to give up on a miracle. >> we have no confirmation of her body being recovered. we are strong. and we'll continue to stay strong. >> reporter: still, the news from investigators is not encouraging. reports of a rapid lost of altitu altitude, just outside monterrey, mexico, where the mexican-american superstar had performed the night before the crash. now, we're learning that the small twin-engine lear jet was old. it was a 43-year-old jet. and one of the two pilots was 78. both of those factors will be investigated by mexican authorities, aided by the american national transportation safety board. >> there's no age limit f
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